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Kenneth Clarke discusses justice issues with EU counterparts

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Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke discussed justice issues with EU ministers in Luxembourg at the Justice and Home Affairs Council.

Mr Clarke and his counterparts talked about matters such as the European directive on the right to information in criminal proceedings, and the directive on combating sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of children and child pornography.

The Presidency then presented its conclusions following a conference on protecting victims in the EU, which took place last month in Budapest.

Mr Clarke held bilateral meetings with Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, the French Justice Minister and the German Justice Minister.

EU accession

Before attending the Justice and Home Affairs Council Mr Clarke met with justice officials in Croatia and Slovenia to discuss their accession to the European Union.

They also discussed various directives and regulations on inheritance, European contract law and regulations aimed at improving the position of victims.